Excess or expanded acquisition by public agencies to provide sites for public and/or private development projects adjacent to transportation facilities is limited. This report examines legal, financial, political, and administrative parameters of four types of takings: remnants or remainders, acquisition for protection of the facility or adjacent land from adverse impacts, recoupment of project costs, and acquisition expressly for joint development. Case studies are made of actual projects in six States (Arizona, Florida, Kentucky, Maryland, New Jersey, and Nevada) and on the Toronto subway system. In several cases the highway or transportation agency was used as an arm of the local government to undertake expanded acquisition. Few acquired properties were sold; typically the highway agency or local government leased the sites on a long- or short-term basis. In most cases a formal inter-agency group coordinated and directed the process from acquisition through site development, and there was significant public support and high quality technical and political leadership. The study recommends that highway agencies broaden their financial and administrative support to highway corridor planning by: (1) identifying surplus land already in their ownership and working with communities and community groups to determine where and how this land could be used for mutually beneficial joint development projects, (2) offering the services of their skilled personnel to communities interested in joint development, and (3) encouraging local communities to adopt their own acquisition programs and regulatory techniques to capture the wide range of public benefits of highway development.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Sponsored by the Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Rivkin Associates, Incorporated

    2900 M Street, NW
    Washington, DC  United States  20007
  • Authors:
    • Rivkin, M D
    • Brecher, S
    • Bivkin, G W
  • Publication Date: 1976-9

Media Info

  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: 144 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00165493
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Federal Highway Administration
  • Report/Paper Numbers: FHWA/SES-77/07
  • Contract Numbers: DOT-FH-11-8848
  • Files: TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Dec 27 1981 12:00AM